I feel bad for Joe Girardi, he is stepping into a bad situation. Girardi is not inheriting Joe Torre's team, he will have a team minus Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Roger Clemens and Andy Petite, those players alone made roughly $108M in 2007. He will still inherit the expectation of winning championships, with half the payroll.
Girardi will still be expected to deliver a World Series winning team with a team in flux. Believe it or not, the Yankees payroll will be closer to $100M than the current $200+M. Although they do still have plenty of time inflate that number.
Girardi would have been better off taking a job with Pittsburgh, or any other team outside of the Yankees, just to avoid the expectations. At least in Pittsburgh there is no expectation of winning more than 75 games, all ownership wants is cash in the pockets.
The Dodgers are about to make a huge mistake by potentially hiring Joe Torre. Torre was a horrible manager until he had the best team money could buy.
Torre was horrible with any team prior to the Yankees, take a look at his previous records as manager:
|15||Career minus Yanks||1901||894||1003||0.470|
|7||Jim Tracy (career)||1134||562||572||0.496|
Take away the $200M payroll, and Jim Tracy has a better career winning percentage.
Good luck with that Dodgers.
I am glad the Pirates never had the opportunity to hire Dusty Baker, we have enough arm troubles in the organization the Pirates don't need a manager who destroys young arms by overextending them every start. Good luck with that Cincy.
Well, good news bad news here. Detroit traded for a shortstop, not for JW. Overall, IF Wilson can perform the way he did in 2007 again in 2008, his value will be higher at the deadlines. Luckily for Carlos Guillen, he won't have to be reminded of how good Jack could be on a daily basis, unless JW gets a Gold Glove for 2007. Don't hold your breath on that one happening, look for the GG to land in Colorado. Just my opinion.
Shame, Shame, Shame
Scott BorAss should have his license revoked for pulling the stunt he did during the World Series by announcing that A-Rod would opt out of his contract.
A-Rod should be ashamed of having BorAss as his agent. If nothing else, he could have requested BorAss hold off until after the series to make the call.
The Yankees should be the target of more scorn. There have been more stories about the Yankees, Torre, A-Rod, etc since they were ousted from the playoffs than stories were run about the other teams combined. Show some class Yankees and show some respect for the game that lines your pockets.
Now that I lambasted A-Rod, maybe he will feel guilty and sign with Pittsburgh. HAHAHA I crack me up.
In all seriousness, the Pirates should pursue A-Rod full bore. He is the type of player that can turn around the franchise and rejuvenate a floundering Minor League system.
Here is what Texas got in return for A-Rod:
February 16, 2004: Traded by the Texas Rangers with cash to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later and Alfonso Soriano. The New York Yankees sent Joaquin Arias (April 23, 2004) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.
Which in Return, they flipped Soriano for:
Beyond anything else, he will fill the stands and get the Pirates back in the limelight for something other than 16 straight losing seasons. Oh sorry, jumped the gun, 15 straight losing seasons.
Don't hold you breath on this happening, but it would be a smart thing to do.
Bill Belichick is an @$$
To run the score up on a Joe Gibbs coached team is classless. To run the score up on any team isn't exactly classy either. Belichick needs to show some respect to other teams in the league. On second thought, it could be the fact he has no choice, New England doesn't necessarily have a stellar ground game right now. Regardless, he is still a weenie in a hoodie.
BTW is still alive, I have not given up on the site. Personal life and work have once again sidetracked me from my hobby. I appreciate everyone who is still checking the site out and the emails I have received. Expect more frequent updates to the site to start around November 15th, when work will calm down a bit. That is unless I find that billionaire willing to gift me a few measly millions. Paging Mr. Cuban? Mr. Gates? Can anyone spare a few million?